FULL MOON IN ARIES
Tomorrow’s full moon is FULL ON, and I've got two mantras to help you through it - keep reading 🔻!
Aries is a fire sign and rules the head. It's why you might be feeling like this right now: 🤯
Or... partially why. In addition:
Mars, a fiery planet that's retrograde in Aries right now, is squaring Saturn - MEANING: You want to go forward but you're being forced to slow down. It's like trying to hit the gas pedal with the brakes on. 🤦♀️
Inside the body, this stop and go energy inside inside us, from a Chinese medicine standpoint, stagnates the Liver qi - MEANING: it creates pent up frustration & heat which does all sorts of un-fun things to the body: headaches, muscle tension, sore necks, etc.
The energy has to go somewhere, and if it can't go where you want it to go today due to circumstances beyond your control, instead: do some cardio exercise, shout in your pillow, punch the air, cry, or dance like nobody's watching (even if they are) 💃🏼
And now... your MANTRAS:
1) “I check my ego at the gate."
2) “Patience...(aaaaand more patience)."
You may not love these mantras 🤣[I made no promises that this would feel good 😉]
If you're a human, you have an ego. It's not a bad thing. But an ego that's too big or two small isn't in highest service of yourself nor others. Having an honest and balanced relationship with the ego is what we’re especially called to do right now.
And transits aren't all 'bad'. Positive aspects of this one include:
It can spark ACTION. The urge to DO something - to work though some of the themes that have been plaguing you this last month.
And if you're someone who has a hard time speaking up for yourself (ie ego too small) then you might get that surge of energy to speak up or assert your boundaries.
Personally, I always feel so much better during full moons than new moons. With the moon the ruler of my cart, a full moon seems to give me a burst of creative energy that I love.
In the spirit of ego, here's a selfie at the end of an epic week last week where I was feelin' surprisingly perky 🙃 👍🏾
Hang in there this week. We'll get through this.
As a Chinese Medicine Practitioner, I am often asked about 𝗦𝗘𝗫.
People want to know if Chinese medicine can do anything for sex drive.
Yes... but it's complicated.
First of all, it’s normal to have a sex drive and it’s normal not to have a sex drive. 𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙡 & 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙭, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙡 & 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙭.
Put another way: 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝘅. 𝗡𝗼𝗿 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝘅 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗱𝗼.
There are many factors that, to use terms in Emily Nagoski’s book, either activate your 'Sexual Excitation System' or your 'Sexual Inhibition System' when it comes to your sexual response.
For the Chinese Medicine Curious, here’s what I’ll share...
Sex involves multiple different organ systems in TCM:
The Liver. The meridian encircles the genitals. And when you’re super stressed, the Liver qi stagnates. For some this puts on the brakes, whereas others enjoy using sex as a way to get their Liver qi flowing.
The Kidney system. It governs our reproductive organs. If we are experiencing adrenal burnout or a deficiency in yang qi, we may find it harder to get aroused.
The Heart. The Heart is related to anxiety, so whether it’s anxiety in general or performance anxiety specifically, if this system is out of balance then essentially the communication between your Heart & genitals gets short circuited.
And yep, we’re humans who sometimes have #allofthethings going on at once!
So yes we can use TCM (that's acu +/or herbs) in some ways to increase drive & sensation during orgasm. We can also enhance sperm & egg quality, and assist those experiencing vaginal dryness for menopausal or other reasons.
But first and foremost, it’s time to normalize your baseline when it comes to who you are and what you’re into or not into*. (*ALL abuse situations aside. No abuse should be ’normalized’. Ever.)
Love and acceptance of self is always the #1 place to start.
#sexpositivity #sexpositive #sexeducation #sexualhealth #selflove #pleasure #selfcare #bodypositive #feminism #sexualwellness #bodypositivity #acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #aculove #acupuncturerocks #chinesemedicinewoman #sexandchinesemedicine
Third Eye Acupuncture Point ("Yin Tang") 👁
My choice of acupuncture point for the new moon in Virgo 👌🏽
Virgo is all about MIND/BODY connection, and the autonomic nervous system.
The word that comes up for me with a new moon in Virgo is “𝘈𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵”.
What is aligned with our authentic self, and what isn’t? Virgo gets picky, sorting through details and reorganizing us - for good reason. We are prepping for fall, for letting go of excess in order to feel balanced during Libra season.
I’ve definitely been feeling this Virgo season, where “getting my ducks in a row” has been the primary theme! Decluttering at home, organizing some behind the scenes biz, taking charge of my health, and planning some fall studies… ! 🦆 🦆 🦆 !
BUT without 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 insight, the Virgo energy can have us caught in a head-spin. If we’re unable to connect our mind, body, emotions, spirit, we can get lost in the details - and end up frazzled 2 weeks in. If uncentered, this can wreak havoc on our psyche... and ultimately our body.
So take stock this new moon: am I organizing my life in a manner - and a pace - that’s aligned with who I am?
If you can get clarity on this, you can really harness this new moon in Virgo. Why? Because 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗺𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻, which can set the stage for sustainability through the actions we make today. 🙌🏽 💯
With the new moon trining Saturn, it’s a good day to set systems in place that help us build our future. But our intentions need to be clear, and aligned.
Acupuncture always helps me with insight and alignment, and I love working on this level with my patients.
#newmooninVirgo #alignment #insight #thirdeye #yintang #acupuncturepoints #🌑 #♍️
It’s early in the week, but 𝘐’𝘮 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵: I’m getting philosophical 🤯!
(I promise the philosophical will turn physical, so stay with me...👇🏽)
I was inspired recently watching a lecture by Edward Neal, an MD & 𝙉𝙚𝙞𝙟𝙞𝙣𝙜 (𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦) Practitioner.
He uses the 𝘕𝘦𝘪𝘫𝘪𝘯𝘨 to explain that 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 - 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲, 𝗶𝗻 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲, 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆.
In our lives, we tend to focus most on the manifestations themselves: Some we enjoy because they are 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 (i.e. shelter, love). Some cause us suffering because they are 𝘪𝘯𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 (i.e: headaches, tumors).
It is my job as a practitioner to witness the physical manifestation, and then to zoom out. 𝗧𝗼 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝘄𝗿𝘆 and allowed a state of imbalance or disease to occur.
𝗔𝗰𝘂𝗽𝘂𝗻𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗼𝗳 𝗾𝗶, 𝗯𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗶𝗱𝘀.
𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴.
𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨? 𝘖𝘳 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦?
Consider acupuncture to help steer you into harmony & health. If you have questions about acupuncture, let me know - I’m here to help 😊
First day back running the community clinic @theherbalclinic ! 💛
So glad to be able to offer a percentage of my practice for drop-in, 𝘢𝘧𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 sessions. For more about community acupuncture, see my page on community acupuncture.
I’ll be running the shift on 𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟮-𝟲𝗽𝗺.
We are doing a 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘳𝘶𝘯 of 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝘁 (must be booked the day before).
See below for more details & COVID 19 protocols 😷 👇🏽
Posted @withregram • @theherbalclinic Our Community Acupuncture Clinic is back in business 🥳🥳 Starting Sept. 1st our acupuncture clinic will be opening back up with some modifications, of course. Our practitioners will be available for drop-in pay-what-you-can acupuncture from Tuesday to Friday.
Our NEW schedule is:
Tuesday 3-7pm with Emily
Wednesday 2-6pm with Laura
Thursday 3-7pm with Emily
Friday 12-5pm with Tehseen
Here's how we've modified our clinic practices to keep you safe:
⚠️Masks must be worn by everyone throughout the treatment and while inside the clinic
⚠️Spaces have been reduced to 5 patients at a time, these spaces are socially distanced and separated by room dividing screens
⚠️COVID screening questions will be asked when you arrive
⚠️Each space will be disinfected after each patient/visit
⚠️Hand sanitizer will be provided when you enter the store and in the clinic space
We ask that you stay home and schedule a virtual appointment if they have symptoms, have recently traveled, have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or have tested positive themselves since we cannot see you in-person.
We can't wait to see you!!! ❤️🧡💛 #theherbalclinicanddispensary
Just a li’l Sunday tea.
𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘢.
𝗟𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗺 - 𝗮𝗸𝗮 𝗫𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗲𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗮𝗼.
Why it’s good for hot summer days 🥵:
In Eastern Herbal Medicine this herb is used to 'drain 𝘥𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴’ (aka an antimicrobial diuretic for the 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺), and is also cooling (anti-inflammatory) for the 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁. The heat & humidity this month can increase bloating and digestive issues, as well as anxiety. Lemon balm can help keep our heart from over-heating and support digestion at the same time. ✌🏽💗
Keep cool & carry on 😎
#easternherbalmedicine #chinesemedicine #teatime #herbalmedicine #lemonbalm #xiaofengcao #anxiety #selfcare #anxietyrelief #loveyourself #plantmedicine #acupuncture #healyourgut #guthealth #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #chinesemedicinewoman #heartmedicine #antioxidents #detoxify #digestion #gratitude #herbalmedicine #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthmatters
𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁.
This year has brought 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 to a whole new level. Since returning to Toronto after some family matters this spring, I’ve been lighting a candle every morning.
This 𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘆 𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 is to bring light to my inner work. It calls in the Fire element, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘩𝘦𝘯 (the spirit of the heart in Chinese Medicine) to help me show up the best I can - in myself (where it starts), my work, my relationships, and the world around me.
Being asked (somedays forced!) to recalibrate, reprioritize, dig deep into the dark isn’t easy. But we can bring light to that dark. What the Shen, the Fire element of summer, really wants is 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 & 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.
𝗥𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁𝘀. 𝗥𝗮𝘄 𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹.
𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬 - decide that day to 𝘽𝙀 the light in the darkness of someone else. Take a heart-lead action big or small... 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 ✨
#innerwork #outeraction #chinesemedicine #fireelement #tinyrituals
#tcm #transformation #summer2020 #theshen #connection #recalibrate #recalibration #showup #integrity #bethechange #acupuncture #chinesemedicinewoman #acupuncturelife #personalgrowth #evolve #selfdevelopment #selfgrowth #inspiredaction #selfawareness #torontoacupuncturist #tcmlove #aculove #❤️
We’re in the thick of summer now. The heat is 𝘏𝘌𝘙𝘌. In Chinese Medicine, it’s the yang within yang season, bringing us abundance of daylight, energy, activity. Some people love it - but if you’ve got too much constitutional heat, it can be a tough season.
In TCM it’s the season of 🔥. At the same time, astrologically we’ve got Mars in Aries - which is also pure 🔥🔥🔥.
Fire can be a wonderful, 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦. It can also destruct. Use your fire wisely. Keep it in balance as best you can.
TCM Summer 2020 tips:
☀️ Drink: cucumber water
☀️ Eat: Watermelon slices
☀️ Avoid: greasy foods, excess hot spices, refined sugar
☀️ Enjoy tea: Peppermint, Green tea or Matcha
☀️ Find: Nature, shade, trees, flowers
☀️ Play: Activities that spark joy
☀️ Wear: A mask! They’re uncomfortable & hot - I get it! But we don’t want to be back on lockdown during the heat of summer. Work: together on this, so we can enjoy being outside and participating in (some) of the activities that we have long awaited for ✌️🙏🏽 😷
Wishing you a safe, healthy & joyful summer ❤️
#acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #aculove #acupuncturerocks #chinesemedicinewoman #acupuncturelife #healthconscious #summer2020 #yangseason #5elements #fiveelementtheory #personalgrowth #evolve #selfdevelopment #selfgrowth #inspiredaction #selfawareness #healthyminds #healthymindset #mindshift #heartmedicine #fireelement #wearamask #sparkjoy
One of the bright sides of the world unravelling has been that I’ve had more time at home to prepare meals for myself where I can spend extra time on the presentation - as I’ll be eating it at home, too! I often pack / carry both lunches & dinners with me on my work days. So this has brought some joy.
Having said this, I want to also recognize there are many people who are unable to provide afford food for themselves/their family at this time, and encourage if you have a few bucks to support one of our location food banks (I recently made a donation to @feedontario but there are others like The Stop or Daily Bread).
Here’s a plant-based bowl I made recently:
🌿 roasted broccoli in sesame oil & lemon
🌿 roasted sweet potatoes
🌿 org spinach
🌿 pumpkin seeds
🌿 black sesame seeds
🌿 smoky tahini dressing sauce of awesomeness** ⬇️
**@braggs Apple cider vinegar, @maisond’orphee dijon mustard, @parallel_brothers smoky sesame butter, nutritional yeast, black pepper, splash of lime
CHINESE MEDICINE NUTRITION: supports the Spleen Qi, Liver system, Kidneys. The cruciferous veg supports the immune system, and the seaweed & parsley detoxifies.
#supportyourlocalfoodbank #chinesemedicinenutrition #foodislife #quarantineeats #plantbased #veganeats #feedme #nutritionismysport #healthmatters #organiclifestyle #eattherainbow #eatclean #eatwell #healthyfood #onthetable #delicious #quarantinemeal #quarantinebowl #bowls #healthybowls #acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #chinesemedicinewoman #acupuncturelife #grateful #gratitude #spleenqi #nourish
I am pausing my practice. For 2 weeks (for now)*.
I write this only hours after my last post. Because I can’t ignore the little voice. The little voice inside me that says ‘Do what you feel is right’. The little voice inside me that says ‘I’d rather be safe than sorry’. The little voice inside me that shouts ‘Bravo!’ when others I admire for their integrity are suspending their practices.
My little voice is not necessarily your little voice. And that is okay.
Despite spending countless hours reading countless articles debating best approaches to dealing with COVID-19 // Despite being someone who is generally most comfortable in the middle ground // Despite not being sure what's more contagious - the virus or the closures // Despite not being personally afraid of being sick (yet recognizing there are others at risk and wanting to ease the burden on our health care system) // Despite being self-employed and unsure of how to pay rent for the indefinite future... the little voice keeps saying, ‘Do it anyway.’
It guides me towards setting the example that feels most right for me, for now. My moral compass.
I will be contacting everyone with private appointments in the next two weeks to reschedule.
*In the interim I will be offering telemedicine for those who could benefit from herbal consultations, and/or self-administered guided acupressure sessions.
Thank you for your understanding. Be well, and I hope to see you before too long.
#covid19 #toughdecisions #flattenthecurve #ihopeithelps